25 October 2015

On This Day: Cattle dying in Martic

State veterinary inspector Dr. Bridge and Lancastre’s Dr. Shaub were called out to investigate a herd of dying cattle in Martic Township, Lancaster County.  The cattle belonged to Joseph O. Huss, who was leasing land near Bethesda belonging to Thomas Ambler. Dr. Bridge had to put down two cattle who had pleuro-pneumonia. On This Day in 1886, Dr. Shaub received a telegram stating other cattle, which were out in the field prior and therefore not inoculated, were now showing signs of the same disease. 

Pleuropneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs and pleura. It is a contagious bacterial disease affecting the lungs of cattle. It is an airborne disease. 

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 25 October 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.